The sophomore luncheon was held each May at Simmons as the school year was drawing to a close. At the luncheon, sophomores would receive their class rings for the first time. During Catherine Hering's time, the luncheon was held in the Simmons Refectory, which was decorated with spring flowers and the class colors (orchid and white, for Catherine's class of 1947). When Catherine attended the luncheon, the menu included fresh fruit cocktail, fried chicken, pale green jellied salad with French dressing, and lemon sherbet and mocha ice cream for dessert.
Like many of the Simmons traditions, sophomore luncheon also featured a program of toasts, speeches and songs with lyrics rewritten specially for the occasion, as well as skits making fun of Simmons' academic programs. As always, the mascot of Tabu S. Kunk also made an appearance at the luncheon, and one of the luncheon's songs was devoted to him (a song called "To Mascot" that went to the tune of "Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone"). Freshmen served as waitresses, as Catherine had during her freshman year. The sophomores autographed each other's luncheon programs, which were printed in the class color of orchid.